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About 'Issues in Society'
The Spinney Press has been dedicated to producing an ongoing series of books on social issues since 1992. Issues in Society titles are topical, cross-curricular resources which are used extensively in Australian secondary schools, TAFE colleges, universities and public libraries.
Each book in the Issues in Society series targets a specific social issue and comprises a thoroughly researched compilation of the latest news, facts, statistics and commentary from trusted sources. Many titles cover a range of opinions on controversial topics, providing the perfect platform to provoke debate, stimulate critical analysis and encourage further research.
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LATEST TITLES - JULY, 2021
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Coping with Natural disasters
Australia's variable climate, geography and environment frequently places communities, infrastructure, ecosystems and cultural and heritage sites in the path of natural hazard events. Natural hazards are driven primarily by weather and geology. Weather-driven natural hazards include bushfires, floods, heatwaves, cyclones, landslides and thunderstorms, while geological-driven hazards include earthquakes and tsunami. The climate change-fuelled bushfire chaos of the past year alone has shown how exposed the nation is to natural hazards, causing distressing losses of life and property, and devastating the environment. A recent royal commission has exposed gaping holes in Australia's readiness for natural disasters. How should we better prepare for natural hazards and mitigate their impacts from becoming disasters; and how can we cope during and after they have occurred? What could we do at a government, emergency services, community and personal level to protect ourselves, develop resilience, and recover from the next major natural disaster?
Underemployment and Underemployment
As the economy undergoes a long road to recovery amid the ongoing pandemic, the devastating impact of the coronavirus on jobs in Australia is becoming clearer. The federal government has managed to keep the current job loss numbers down with pandemic support payments, however this assistance will soon end and in turn the true extent of joblessness will be revealed. Compounding the problem, the rate of underemployment (people needing more hours) has overtaken the jobless rate, and most new jobs being created are in part-time, casual or insecure gig work, affecting a higher proportion of young people. Meanwhile, government welfare benefits have failed to keep up with the costs of living for a number of years, making life for many people even harder, entrenching financial stress and mental distress, and affecting motivation and skills. Is job insecurity now the norm for many Australians? This book explains the economic fundamentals featuring the latest statistics and report findings. It also explores government and social sector strategies for tackling unemployment and underemployment. Finding a job, and indeed enough employment, can be hard work in itself.
Rights of Children and Young People
Children and young people have a fundamental right to be heard and taken seriously about matters affecting them. They have the same general human rights as adults, but also possess specific rights that recognise their special needs and potential. This book explains how these rights are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. It also examines the state of children's rights in Australia, where there have been some positive developments, but also a number of critical issues and mixed results. The latest progress reports recommend that Australia improves its treatment of vulnerable children in certain areas, including reducing youth detention, raising the age of criminal responsibility, supporting youth mental health, advancing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, caring for asylum seeker and refugee children, addressing child abuse and neglect, and eliminating youth poverty. What are the rights of parents in relation to raising their children, and why is it still legal for adults to hit children as punishment? There is still a gap between the rights Australia has promised vulnerable children and how those rights are implemented. Are the human rights of our children and young people at risk?
Responding to racism
The global spread of the Black Lives Matter movement has exposed the profound and wide-reaching impacts of racial injustice. Racism happens in many forms and contexts, ranging from casual to systemic racism, racial vilification and physical violence. This book looks at how the social cohesion of a culturally diverse nation like Australia is challenged by the complex and incendiary issue of racial discrimination. Topics explored include casual racism, hate speech, cyber racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, white supremacist extremism, abuse of Asian people during the coronavirus pandemic, the influence of the BLM protest movement, and the longstanding racial justice calls by Australia's First Nations peoples. Strategies are also offered on how to deal with racial discrimination through legal rights and protections, how bystanders can support people experiencing racial abuse, and how to manage racism in public, at school, in sport, and online. Learn to recognise racism and respond with equality and respect for people of every race, colour and creed.
Positive and respectful relationships
Couple relationships have their ups and downs, however partners should always treat each other with respect, and feel safe. What are the latest trends in couple relationships, and what are the features of a successful, healthy relationship? This book is aimed at young people and explains the issues around sexual consent, how to effectively communicate and avoid conflict, and how to avoid abuse in couple relationships. Topics include understanding feelings, consensual physical intimacy, safe online dating, handling conflict and disagreements, identifying the warning signs and various forms of partner abuse, violence and coercive control in relationships, and dealing with break-ups. Practise positive behaviours, and relate with respect.
Australia's relations with China
The Australia-China bilateral relationship is very significant to Australia, and is mostly based on substantial trade ties. Crucially, China accounts for over a third of Australia's total export income, however diplomatic and economic relations are currently at a low point. Globally, China is asserting its emerging superpower status and it appears actions by the communist party leadership in Beijing are primarily responsible for the deterioration in the bilateral relationship - however both sides have made mistakes, and Australia is not without fault. China's blunt use of repeated trade sanctions to penalise Australia for real or imagined slights risks the mutually beneficial trading relationship being undermined by damaging political interference. What are the various grievances and points of difference between these two countries? How can Australia serve its own national and strategic interests, and maintain its foreign policy objectives, without needlessly antagonising China? Can we end the trade war and repair relations?